At some point this all out craze over IPAs is going to subside. Right now it’s driving growth and keeping more than a handful of mediocre breweries afloat. But the consumer is nothing if not fickle. At some point the preferences will change and another beer style will take the spotlight. Reference barrel aged stout’s and sour beers which were each belle’s of the ball for a hot minute. Neither of those styles are gone, but neither are in the spotlight they once were either.

Let’s look into the crystal beer glass and try to figure out what beer style is going to be hot next. Perhaps the past can help foretell the future?